Flower Passage - Cicek Pasaji, Istanbul
"Cicek Pasaji" is located on the famous Istiklal Street at the Galatasaray district and is one of the well visited spots of the city by locals and tourists.
It is originally called the Cité de Péra and this historic passage (galleria or arcade) connects İstiklal Avenue with Sahne Street. Its L-shaped courtyard of a building named Cité de Péra, one of the first European-style buildings constructed in the 19th century. Its name refers to the flower shops that used to be there and have been replaced by restaurants today.
The site of Cicek Pasaji was originally occupied by the Naum Theatre, which was severely damaged by the Fire of Pera in 1870. The theatre was frequently visited by Sultans Abdulaziz and Abdulhamid II, and hosted Giuseppe Verdi's play Il Trovatore before the opera houses of Paris.
After the fire of 1870, the theatre was purchased by the local Greek banker Hristaki Zografos Efendi, and architect Kleanthis Zannos designed the current building, which was called Cité de Péra or Hristaki Pasajı in its early years. Yorgo's Winehouse was the first winehouse to be opened in the passage. In 1908 the Ottoman Grand Vizier Sait Pasa purchased the building and it became known as the Sait Pasa Passage.
Even if you don’t plan to dine, Cicek Pasajı is worth a visit for being one of the most stylish buildings of Beyoglu ... :)
Çiçek Pasaji, which means Flower Passage, was once known as the Cité de Péra, taken from the Greek name for Beyoglu, Pera. It is an upscale, arcaded shopping centre that has a number of restaurants and cafés. These are all historic, as the shopping arcade was opened in 1876 on the site of a former theatre that was badly damaged by fire.
One rich Istanbul businessman have built the Second Empire-style Cite de Pera building in 1876. In Ottoman Empire it was proud event, as a place was called as good as even Paris could take it as example.
Firstly passage was mostly used to sell flowers, but later more expensive things occupied place - boutiques, restaurants. At a time I walked here I saw good looking restaurant with (seems to be) rich people as clients.
Flower Passage is a famous, historic passage along Istiklal Caddesi. Opened in 1876, it can be described as a miniature version of the famous Galleria in Milan, Italy, and has rows of historic pubs, wine houses and restaurants. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, many impoverished noble Russian women, including a Baroness, sold flowers here. By the 1940s the building was mostly occupied by flower shops hence its name.
Once named Cité de Pera, this Beaux-Arts style building was one of the most luxurious addresses in Pera, as this area of Constantinople was known. It was built in 1874 with a Parisian-style passage containing luxury shops on its ground floor. With the decline of the area in the 20th century, the building was left to decay, but not before the arcade was turned in a flower market whose memory is now eternalised in its modern name, Çiçek Pasajı (i.e. Flower Passage). The building and the arcade were restored in the late 20th century, but the flower market was replaced by bars and cafés. Nowadays, it is a lively arcade, among many off İstiklal Caddesi, which stand as a reminder of a bygone era.
Cicek pasaji.This places is renovated and turned the beauty like when It has been built.
It is on Istiklal Street and with full of restaurants inside it.
Frenc style Passage and connects fish marke to Main Street with covered shops.I recommend you to walk inside it for architecture and beauty of the building in the morning but nights
expensive and very touristy.
Opened in 1876, the 19th century Çiçek Pasaji can be described as a miniature version of the famous Galleria in Milan, Italy, and has rows of historic pubs, winehouses and restaurants.
The site of Çiçek Pasajý was originally occupied by the Naum Theatre, which was burned during the Fire of Pera in 1870. The theatre was frequently visited by Sultans Abdülaziz and Abdülhamid II, and hosted Giuseppe Verdi's play Il Trovatore before the opera houses of Paris.
After the fire of 1870, the theatre was purchased by the local Greek banker Hristaki Zoðrafos Efendi, and Italian architect Zanno designed the current building, which was called Cité de Péra or Hristaki Pasajý in its early years. Yorgo'nun Meyhanesi (Yorgo's Winehouse) was the first winehouse to be opened in the passage. In 1908 the Ottoman Grand Vizier Sait Pasha purchased the building, and it became known as the Sait Paþa Passage.
Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, many impoverished noble Russian women, including a Baroness, sold flowers here.By the 1940s the building was mostly occupied by flower shops, hence the present Turkish name Çiçek Pasaji (Flower Passage).
After the restoration of the building in 1988, it was reopened as a galleria of pubs and restaurants.
The most recent restoration was made in December 2005
Çiçek Pasaji or Flower Passage is located near the Galatasaray Square in the middle of Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim/Beyoglu area.
I happen to pass by it accidentally one rainy late afternoon, that I have to cover my head and the nearest one was this classy passage that I thought was just a covered street. I entered and sat at one of the tables lining the length of the passage. Had a coffee and sumthin to nibble on while waiting for the rain to stop. It was early so not much people around.
The Flower Passage is a dining venue, several restaurants inside, coffeeshops, and those flower ornaments above you. But that's not really the reason why they call it flower passage, as I found out.
It used to be lined with flower shops during the 1940s, and became a venue for cheap eats during the 70s.
It's classy and a good nightout for dining.
People have been meeting for years at Cicek Pasaji in the district of Beyoglu for snacks and seafood specialties.. Also in the area near Cicek Pasaji is the narrow Nevizade street, which is the best place in Istanbul for eating Turkish specialties and drinking raki.
Do look around Istiklal caddesi - In the old flower market a narrow corridor flanked by restaurants, is... nice!